Devin Townsend Premieres Animated Video For “Why?”

Devin Townsend has premiered an animated video for his song “Why?.” This track is from his latest album “Empath.”

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Devin Townsend Shares 15 Minutes Of “Demo Sketches”

Devin Townsend has shared 15 minutes worth of “demo sketches” from the new material that he is currently working on. You can check those out below:

Townsend commented:

“Heres a bunch of shrapnel Im working on. No idea what any of it will be for yet, some are relatively complete demos, some are just a riff or melody…

I always write, this stuff has been on my mind over the past few months, but I’m not really ‘writing’ yet, per se. Thought you might enjoy hearing a bunch of brain vomit. some of it is ok I think.

I won’t really be ‘writing’ for some time yet, but this gives you an idea of how my process goes… I just jot down things as they come without judging them too much at this stage.

Lots more than this, but these are whas on my mind most atm I guess.”

Devin Townsend Plans To Start Performing Strapping Young Lad Songs Live Again In 2020

It looks like Devin Townsend is going to start performing Strapping Young Lad songs live again in 2020. The frontman confirmed the news during a recent interview on the “Everblack” podcast.

Townsend said the following:

“I’m doing a tour in November that’s gonna be a very selfish tour for me — a ton of people onstage, playing a bunch of stuff that I’ve wanted to play for years, a lot of improv, a lot of really interesting things.

But starting next year, I’m gonna be touring everything, and that includes the Strapping stuff. I’m gonna be doing what equates to… like, what’s a ‘best of’ what I’ve done over the past few years. Let’s make this live venture for me the best it can possibly be and learn from your past and come back out.”

He also added:

“I think there’s a lot of musicians that fall away from metal. But I kind of fell back in love with it recently. But in no way does that mean that it’s taking over.

It’s a big part of what I do and it’s a big part of who I am, and I think I’ve denied that for a certain amount of time. But it’s everything, man. It’s like ‘Empath‘ was for me — the metal part of it is just as big a part of my trip as the mellow part of it. It’s not one over the other; it’s just who I am.

I don’t wanna get rid of [the metal side of my music.] I love it. It has to play ball with the other stuff, and that stuff has to play ball with the other stuff. It’s healthy for me to recognize that it’s a part of my nature as opposed to denying it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Devin Townsend To Release Fourth Part Of “Eras” Vinyl Box Set In August

Devin Townsend has announced that he will be releasing the fourth part of his “Eras” vinyl collection series on August 23. This set will feature “Ziltoid The Omniscient,” “Z² – Dark Matters,” “Ziltoid Live At The Royal Albert Hall,” and “The Retinal Circus,“ as well as a booklet with new liner notes from Townsend himself. Pre-orders can be found HERE. Townsend commented:

“Continuing in the ERAS series is volume 4, these box sets have been very special to me in that commemorating the times and experiences of the past work allows me-for once- to stop and reflect on all the effort and time that went into documenting these moments. I’m exceptionally proud of these albums, and to have a complete set of the work at this level of quality is a dream come true for me.”

Devin Townsend Premieres “Spirits Will Collide” Video

Devin Townsend has premiered a new video for his song “Spirits Will Collide.” This track is from his new album “Empath,” which was released today (March 29).

Townsend commented:

“Here is the video for my Enya influenced, ‘commercial’ song. I love this type of mid-tempo, big, romantic heavy music. I would love to do a full album in this style somewhere down the line, and it’s the only one of its kind on the Empath record.

‘Spirits Will Collide’ as a song is pretty standard fare for me if you’ve followed what I’ve done over the past few years. It’s ultimately an ‘anti-suicide’ statement and it’s meant to be melodic and straightforward. A video with CGI Gorillas playing bass and Elephants playing drums in front of a billion people is so ridiculously dumb that I’m surprised it makes me feel as happy as it does, but the theme of the song is essentially about trying to convince kids or teens to ‘hang on’ when they feel depression or suicidal thoughts. The story of the video is that a kid that has a fantasy about playing at a massive concert with thousands of people as a choir, animals etc…just the biggest concert he can imagine, and the strength of the sound and the intention of a bunch of people singing together is such that the sound blows away the darkness.

It’s admittedly a bit ridiculous, but I guess in a way I feel that beauty is much harder to be expressed quietly in this day and age, so the video is about saying it louder than ANYTHING. Without a multi-million dollar budget, it was hard to do. However, Kudos to iCode Team and the hundreds of extras for really pulling this out on a shoestring budget, I think it gets the point across.

The only thing I would say that if I was a kid imagining playing the universes biggest concert, I would have added a full head of hair in there for good measure =)”

Devin Townsend Shares Seventh Episode Of “Empath” Documentary Series, Says He Spent $170,000 Of His Own Money To Make The Album

Devin Townsend has shared the seventh episode of the documentary series for his new album “Empath.” That effort will be released March 29.

In other news, Townsend has also taken to Twitter to encourage fans to buy the album, while also revealing that he spent $170,000 of his own money to make it:

[via The PRP]